Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The non-reunion reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm

The chapter "Postmodernism, Indie Media, and Popular Culture" shows that there is no definition for postmodernism that can be summed up in a few short sentences. But while many people (including myself) may not be able to attach a strict definition to the word, most can point it out when they see it. As popular culture continues to develop, certain texts begin to show recurring themes. Texts that demonstrate postmodern characteristics often play with convention using irony (Sturken & Cartwright 315). They acknowledge themselves as texts and products and are aware of other texts as well as their own production (314-20). In essence, postmodernism is less about creating meaning and more about rearticulating existing meaning (330-331).

In the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David playing Larry David is trying to have a Seinfeld reunion in order to win back his wife. Now in real life, Larry David has always said he won't have a Seinfeld reunion because its stupid, and that this is not in fact a Seinfeld reunion. On the show, tv Larry David goes to all the Seinfeld stars, playing versions of themselves, and tries to convince them to do a Seinfeld reunion when in real life they've already agreed to do a real reunion by appearing on the show, even though real life Larry David says its not a reunion. Confused? Well thats postmodernism for you....well maybe.

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